Courtesy of Windsong Interventional and Vascular Vein Care

Varicose veins are often raised above the skin on legs and can resemble twisted, bulging cords. Left untreated, they can progress to a more serious form of venous disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Increased pressure leads to further damage of additional veins. CVI can cause swelling and achiness even without varicose veins. Common signs of varicose veins can include heaviness, swelling, or fatigue; aching, cramping or leg pain; varicose veins or spider veins; skin changes or rashes; ulcers, open wounds or sores; and restless legs.

CVI can affect anyone, though gender and age are factors that may increase your risk. For example, women older than 50 are more likely than others to develop venous disease that can lead to CVI. Other factors that predispose people to CVI include family history, pregnancy, standing profession, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, and smoking.

The vascular team at Windsong offers minimally invasive treatments using guidance from ultrasound to diagnose and treat varicose veins using smaller incisions that result in less trauma. As a result, patients recover more quickly. Patients who undergo treatment for varicose veins receive an initial consultation that includes a review of their medical history, a physical exam, and an evaluation of their circulation prior to any varicose vein treatment. Thereafter, the most effective treatment is chosen to accommodate each patient’s needs.

VenaSeal™ Closure System

VCS is an FDA-approved treatment that uses adhesive to close the diseased vein. Some treatment benefits include the fact that that no compression stockings are required following treatment, and patients are able to resume activities shortly after treatment.

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

RFA is a vein closure treatment in which a small catheter is inserted into the vein, and heat is delivered into the vein wall, which then seals and closes the vein. Following this procedure, a patient must limit their activities for a few days and wear compression stockings. Walking is encouraged immediately following the procedure.

Patients remain awake during the procedure, and a local anesthetic is applied to the affected leg before a small catheter is inserted. The physician will use a heating element (less traumatic than laser) to close the impaired vein, naturally rerouting blood to surrounding healthy veins instead. After varicose vein treatment, patients typically report relief from throbbing legs and heaviness, and are able to walk without a struggle. Treatment can also assist with healing of venous stasis ulcers. The best advantage of this short, in-office procedure is that there is no hospitalization or bed rest required, and you no longer have to feel embarrassed about showing your legs.

Treatment options for varicose veins are typically covered by insurance, but it is best that you check with your insurance company to verify that this is the case for your particular plan. Learn more about vein treatment at To make an appointment at Windsong Interventional and Vascular Vein Care, call 716-929-9484.